spider-man and the glory of teh intertubes

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One of the loveliest things about the web is how easy it is to research random trivia from our pasts. Lately (maybe because of someone making the reference to how it's always "spider-man" never "spider man" or "spiderman", or maybe because of rumors of a "gritty" reboot of the movie franchise - I don't think it needs to be gritty but I kind of wished they had avoided the Villain Potpourri in the last film) I was thinking about old Spider-Man covers.

It turns out Coverbrowser.com is an awfully good site for quickly browsing huge swaths of comic covers, though Sam Ruby's site was useful for pointing out which of the series were a bigger deal...

Anyway, I remember seeing a cutting from this used on, like, curtains or something at my cousin's house. I always thought it was funny to include such a scene of defeat, but I guess it's part of the whole Peter Parker thing.

This cover they used as a promo in other comics I was reading at the time (probably Transformers?)

Finally, this one was my screen wallpaper for sometime in the late 90s. It just seemed kind of cool...

Heh, Handre's video game "fan art" http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=89035 vs. original box art for Atari ST's "Alien Syndrome" http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/atari-st-games#i7
One difference between iPhone and Android: does a PDA/game non-phone version of the latter (like the iPod touch) sound appealing to many? And like I said, Android is kinda fragmented, but iPhone is likely to offer me a clean upgrade path for a long, long time.
Because the problem with object-oriented languages is they've got all this implicit environment that they carry with them. You wanted a banana but what you got was a gorilla holding the banana and the entire jungle.

If you have referentially transparent code, if you have pure functions-- all the date comes in its input arguments and everything goes out and leaves no state behind-- it's incredibly reusable.
Joe Armstrong, inventor of Erlang

I heard about a computer science department where in the tutor's office they had a stuffed animal and the rule was you had to explain your problem to the stuffed animal before you could bother the tutor. "OK, Mr. Bear, here is the thing I'm working on and here's my approach--aha! There it is."
Peter Seibel, interviewing Joe Armstrong in "Coders at Work"

http://unrelatedcaptions.com/ - strangely compelling